Presented by HackGT

Important Information/FAQ

We are super excited to welcome amazing students from all over the Atlanta Metro Area to the Klaus Advanced Computing Building at Georgia Tech for a day of STEAM education and exploration!

General Reminders

  • Catalyst will begin at 10:00am and end at 8:00pm on Saturday, April 13th, 2019!
  • The event will take place at the Klaus Advanced Computing Building.
  • General check-in will begin at 8:30am and ends at 10:00am.
  • General check-out will begin at 7:30pm and ends at 9:30pm.
  • Make sure to bring your Catalyst Forms

Check-in Reminders

  • Fill out and bring your Catalyst Forms to check-in.
  • These forms must be filled out for each participant!
  • These forms are required in order to check-in!
  • Make sure each page is filled out thoroughly!
  • Anyone can drop you off at the event, but you must have these forms.
  • Only those listed on the "Pick Up Authorization" page can check-out a participant.

General Pickup/Dropoff Information

  • For general pickup and dropoff, use the Klaus Parking Deck (E40).
  • General dropoff will go from 8:30am to 10:30am.
  • General pickup will go from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Any cars parked in this deck outside these times will be ticketed.
  • Tell the attendant you are here for Catalyst, park in a non-reserved space, and follow HackGT Staff and signs to the Atrium.

Late Dropoff/Early Pickup

  • If you arrive after 10:30am or leave before 7:30pm, park at the State Street Parking Deck.
  • Bring the ticket you get from the machine to the help desk in the Klaus Atrium when checking-in/out to get your parking validated.

Parking Information

  • If you are driving and parking for the duration of Catalyst, park at the State Street Parking Deck.
  • Bring the ticket you get from the machine to the event. Do not lose this ticket. We are not responsible for lost tickets.
  • We will validate parking when you check out.

I have this other question! Email us at [email protected] and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!


HackGT presents Catalyst, a FREE day of STEAM directed towards high school students in the Metro Atlanta Area. We are eager to welcome all of these students on Saturday April 13th from 10am to 8pm to Georgia Tech's Campus.

This will be an opportunity for participants to:

  • Learn about the world of STEAM and Computer Science as a career path.
  • Gain insight into impactful, widely known tech companies.
  • Receive mentorship from college students and industry professionals.
  • Connect with summer camp opportunities at Georgia Tech and in the city to further their education and exposure.

During the Day

Throughout the day, students will follow one of four tracks: Design, Hardware, Gaming, or Software

Each track will have workshops and will allow students to build a piece of technology they can take home. In addition to the track workshops, there will be opportunities for students to engage with industry professionals and college students.

We want to show high school students the value of computer science, which is why we are providing free food, free swag, and everything needed to get started.


You can register here!

Registration closes on April 5th, so sign up now!



Build next-generation devices that will power future tech! In the hardware track, you'll learn how to design fundamental circuits through breadboarding and Arduino, create devices that you can interact with, and gain skills that will help you bring your ideas to life. Students will have the opportunity to build their own electronic hardware and then take home their creations to share with friends and family!


The gaming track focuses on teaching fundamental programming concepts through video game design and development. This track will introduce level design and block-based coding using Scratch and will transition into text-based coding in Roblox. Throughout the day, participants will complete short challenges and activities to reinforce concepts learned and will finish the day with a full game created from start to finish in Scratch.


Learn how to build the technology that runs the world! In the software track, you will learn how to code, use that to build your own website, and eventually create a Spotify song recommendation system! If you're interested in building the future of the internet, the software track is for you!


The design track focuses on the intersection of art and programming, bridging the gap between tech and design. Students will learn the fundamentals of computer science through hands-on art projects dealing with snapchat filters, animation, graphic design, and much more! At the end of the day, students get to bring home their newfound knowledge for computer science and a new work of art.


The schedule is currently posted at


Who can attend?

High school students from all school districts are welcome to register for the event!

Should I bring anything?

Nope! We will provide food for every participant and laptops for every team. Our sponsors will also have some free swag for you to take home!

Where is Catalyst?

The event will be in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building at Georgia Tech.

What about parking?

Check out the important information section for more information!

Are parents allowed to come?

Although we are grateful for parental support, this is a student-only event from check-in on.

How do I choose which track to attend?

Participants will be able to choose which track they would like to follow at the event.

What is HackGT?

HackGT is a student organization and 501(c)(4) non-profit at Georgia Tech devoted to Computer Science outreach in collegiate and high school communities. To learn more, check out our organization website here.